LEWISTON, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the game and cruised to their fifth consecutive win on Wednesday evening, 11-6 over Bates.
The eighth-ranked Polar Bears (5-0, 4-0 NESCAC) remained unbeaten with the win. Bates drops its second-straight game and falls to 3-5 (1-4 NESCAC) with the loss. Bowdoin has won the last five meetings between the schools dating back to 2009.
Carolyn Gorajek continued her red-hot play with three goals and two assists. The senior has scored at least three goals in every game this season. Jordan Smith netted three goals as well for the Polar Bears. Blair Shrewsbury and Bridget Meedzan led Bates with two goals each.
Bowdoin dominated the first half, outshooting Bates 19-6 and building a 6-0 lead at the break. The Polar Bear defense continually stonewalled Bates' attack, leading to 16 Bates turnovers in the period and several transition goals early in the game. Smith scored the first two goals of the game and Bowdoin held a 4-0 lead as the clock went under 7:00 in the period. Gorajek scored her second unassisted tally with 6:14 left and Betsy Sachs then won the ensuing draw and scored 14 seconds later on a give-and-go pass from Gorajek.
Gorajek opened up the second-half scoring at the 24:10 mark to make it 7-0, before Meedzan got the Bobcats on the board after gathering the rebound from Connolly's save of a shot by Emma Getsinger.
Bates couldn't build on the score, however, and with 18:45 to go Clare McLaughlin scored the second of Bowdoin's three free-position goals in the game. Lindsay Picard made it 9-1 at the 17:07 mark on the heels of a Bates turnover, pushing the lead to an insurmountable eight goals.
Tara Connolly made six saves, allowing three goals, in the win for Bowdoin. Isabel Sippel stopped two shots and permitted three scores over the final six minutes of action. Betsy Sachs had an all-around strong game for Bowdoin, grabbing four ground balls, winning three draw controls and forcing three turnovers in the win.
Hannah Jeffrey stopped 16 shots for the Bobcats, who trailed Bowdoin in shots (32-21) and ground balls (23-11) for the contest.
Bowdoin will return to action with a pair of key league games at home this weekend. The Polar Bears will host Middlebury at noon on Saturday before playing Williams on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.